R. Venkataraman - Lehigh University

Professor: R. Venkataraman
Department: Mathematics
College: Lehigh University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He wrote notes on the board very fast but as long as you attended every class and wrote them down to study from later, you were almost guaranteed an A/B. His homework was very similar to the examples he did in class as were his exams. Very clear what he expected of students. Many students struggled because they skipped class or didnt pay attention
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Atrocious professor. Impossible to understand, strict and unfriendly, doesn't explain things well, just generally a bad teacher. Avoid if at all possible,and if not plan on teaching yourself ALL the material
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible. Had him during summer session and refused to curve the class despite more than half the class failing/getting D's. He's one of the professors that give lehigh's math department a terrible rating. Tests are ridiculously hard and not curved! DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING HE TEACHES!!!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This guy is unclear, rude and incredibly boring! Every once in a while he says things that'll make the whole class laugh cuz of how ridiculous they sound; prepare to get nothing from class and simply learn all of the material on your own! For the exams it's always good to base all of your studying on the homeworks!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH23
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
In all honesty, Prof. Venkataraman comes off as somewhat strict, but he actually cares. He would often stop in the middle of lecture in order to see if anyone had any questions. If you prepared, the tests were a complete breeze. Don't be fooled, Calculus III is not as hard as some students would lead you to believe.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH23
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Heavy accent and just goes over the book in class when class is mandatory. Not helpful at all and impossible to do well on tests.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH52
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This professor is awful. It is mandatory to attend class and he is impossible to understand. Even when you can understand a word of his poor broken english, his methods of teaching are completely ineffective. Avoid this professor at all costs. The class should have been an easy A but you must teach yourself. The tests are easy but the final is hard
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH52
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This professor is decent. His tests are fairly easy. Anyone who studies can walk away with an easy A.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He tried to be a good teacher, going over all the materials and as much problems as possible. But the way Heteach Is just not very understandable, try to avoid
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATH23
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Raman isn't THAT bad - trust me, you could do worse. His accent is fine and he'll repeat things if you ask him. He writes amazingly quickly on the board though and sometimes doesn't clarify what he's actually writing so just make sure you pay attention completely or you'll miss a lot.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATH23
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He knows his stuff but has a very thick Indian accent which is sometimes hard to understand. Also writes very quickly and can be insulting if you ask a question. Takes attendance. Tests are based very much on previous exams so review those. Doable course if you put in the effort.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The class itself isn't too hard, except for the last month or so. He just makes it miserable to take. I had to teach myself/get my math major friend to help me out. Typically, he writes much faster than you can. I couldn't understand much of what he said. Read the book. Legit. TA was very helpful. Graders can be harsh on tests.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CALC023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Sure, he talks funny. And he writes fast. But he's a PhD from Brown, and possibly the smartest math prof on campus. If you pay attention to his class, you'll learn more than you need to, which I feel is useful but that is a personal opinion. Definitely an interesting prof. If you like to be challenged, he's your man. If not, avoid.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Absolutely terrible teacher, He alone really made me consider transferring to another school. Completely a jerk, literally the worst math teacher at lehigh, avoid at all costs
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH208
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Tough class, but it's fine if you work hard
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH23
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awful teacher, makes concepts much harder than they need to be. Avoid at all costs
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CALC023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I HATED THIS PROFESSOR AND THIS CLASS!!! I could not understand a single word he said, he didn't answer questions, and he wrote notes on the board faster than anybody can possibly copy. AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Math used to be my favorite subject, but I am never going to take a math class again after this.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pointless in going to his lectures, don't understand anything he says, thank god for recitation.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH023
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Difficult to understand, "Quiet please!"
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATH341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Overall a good prof. Takes attendance, but not sure if he uses it. If you PAY ATTENTION and try to understand the material, he's good. Willing to help if you go to office hours. If you are not interested in the subject, then he won't seem very good, as these other chumps claim. But if you actually try, you'll do fine and he will be helpful.
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